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Poised for pressure

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The pressure is on Jimmy Standohar this summer. The former Girard Indian standout just spent the last four years adapting to another level of baseball at Mercyhurst College in Erie, Pennsylvania. He went through a learning curve and transformed his body as he endured through two tough ...

Winning a race with father time

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CHAMPION — Shawn Jackson sat at his desk and pondered his existence. He was 35 years old selling computers in Solon and realized his 40th birthday fell on April 20, 2015. The day of the 119th running of the Boston Marathon. Jackson qualified in 2014. As a teenager, Jackson ran the one- ...

Scrappers win again

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BATAVIA, N.Y. — Starting pitcher Cameron Mingo came out and did his job in the first four innings to lift Mahoning Valley to a 7-3 victory over Batavia in Saturday’s New York-Penn League game. Dakody Clemmer earned his third save as he pitched the better part of the eighth and ninth ...

Alonso homers twice as Indians clobber Rangers

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ARLINGTON, Texas — Bartolo Colon’s third attempt at making major league history ended unsuccessfully again when his pitchers’ duel with Carlos Carrasco became one-sided in the fifth inning. Yonder Alonso homered twice, Carrasco pitched into the seventh inning, and the Cleveland Indians ...

Magical year continues as Scrappers rally

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BATAVIA, N.Y. — With two runs in the top of the ninth inning, the Mahoning Valley Scrappers defeated the Batavia Muckdogs, 5-4, in New York-Penn League play. For what seems like the first time all year, Scrappers (20-12) starting pitcher Luis Oviedo seemed vulnerable. After Christopher ...

Former Penguin inching toward NBA

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YOUNGSTOWN — Kendrick Perry walks into the room, somewhere in Youngstown. Some friends haven’t seen him since 2014. The clean-cut, 6-foot-1 point guard enters. His hair is not as short as it once was. The Ocoee, Fla., native quickly brushes a dreadlock or two aside. It’s him, the ...

What a relief

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ARLINGTON, Texas — Edwin Encarnacion had an RBI single in the 11th inning to lift Cleveland to a 9-8 victory over the Texas Rangers on Friday night, when the AL Central-leading Indians debuted their two new relievers. Jose Ramirez, who earlier in the game hit his major league-leading 30th ...

Indians get a Hand as new relievers join team

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ARLINGTON, Texas — All-Star closer Brad Hand kept hearing his name discussed among potential trades last year, when the lefty ended up staying with the San Diego Padres and got a new contract during the offseason. This time, Hand has switched teams and could have a bit of a different role ...

Bullpen help for Indians

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SAN DIEGO — With an eye on October and beyond, the AL Central-leading Cleveland Indians scooped up All-Star closer Brad Hand and fellow reliever Adam Cimber from the rebuilding San Diego Padres in exchange for switch-hitting catching prospect Francisco Mejia. The Indians need Hand, a lefty, ...

OHSAA wants state tourney to stay at Huntington

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COLUMBUS — Jerry Snodgrass just moved into his new office, getting acclimated to the new scenery. The building is the same, just different responsibilities as the new Ohio High School Athletic Association Commissioner takes over for Dan Ross, who retired earlier this year. Snodgrass was ...

Auburn ends MV’s winning streak at 3

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AUBURN, N.Y. — Errors kept Mahoning Valley from earning a sweep as Auburn stopped the Scrappers’ three-game winning streak with a 7-5 victory. Mahoning Valley (19-12) held a 2-0 lead when Clark Scolamiero doubled home Richie Palacios and Mitch Reeves in the top of the fourth inning. ...

Homers power MV to third-straight victory

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AUBURN, N.Y. — Back-to-back home runs by Hosea Nelson and Angel Lopez proved enough power to lift Mahoning Valley past Auburn, 7-6. Nelson’s two-run shot over the right-field wall and Lopez’ dinger to left-center field gave the Scrappers (19-11) a 7-4 lead in the sixth inning, erasing ...

YSU football embarking on pivotal year

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YOUNGSTOWN — There isn’t any hiding it for the Youngstown State football team. Last season was disappointing, on a number of levels. Coming off its first national championship appearance in nearly 20 years, the Penguins, who brought back numerous starters, had a chance to make ...

YSU guard’s injury appeal denied

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Francisco Santiago walked the sidelines, whistle around his neck, pacing with a purpose. His seventh- and eighth-grade Cleveland-based AAU team was within his sight, and he was watching and mentoring their moves on the basketball court. The former Youngstown State University men’s ...

WGH grad ambassador to wheelchair basketball

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Lee Montgomery, a 1975 Warren G. Harding graduate and originally from Grand Rapids, Mich., was born with limb differences and he received prosthetic legs by the age of five. It wasn’t until he turned 14 that he found something to be totally passionate about and he has been ever ...

Scott’s story more than statistics

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NILES — As Adam Scott talks, you have to remind yourself he’s from New York State. The hint of a twang in his inflection confuses the average person. The left-handed pitcher seemingly has to be from south of the Mason-Dixon Line. But he grew up 30 minutes southeast of Rochester, N.Y., ...

Taste of Italy: Davis shifting to Champions League

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It was around 11 p.m., and Shaheed Davis was finally heading home after another long day. The Warren G. Harding graduate now lives in Orlando and starts his days by going to L.A. Fitness, where he works on his shooting — putting up hundreds of shots early in the morning. Then he goes to ...

Scrappers rained out in homestand finale

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NILES — The rain came less than an hour prior to the 7:05 first pitch on Monday. It was supposed to be the third and final game of the Hudson Valley-Mahoning Valley series. The tarp was covering the infield as a deluge of rain flooded the area. When the tarp was lifted, the water coming ...

Bell and Steelers miss on deadline

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PITTSBURGH — Le’Veon Bell’s next season with the Pittsburgh Steelers will almost certainly be his last. The Pro Bowl running back and the defending AFC North champions failed to reach an agreement on a new contract by Monday’s deadline, meaning he will play under the franchise tag for ...

Nelson belts walkoff HR for Scrappers

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NILES — In walkoff fashion, the Mahoning Valley Scrappers defeated the Hudson Valley Renegades, 8-6, in New York-Penn League action. With one out, the game tied at 6 and a 2-2 count, Hosea Nelson crushed a ball over the home bullpen and batting cage in right field to give the Scrappers the ...